Drafting and House Plan in Jamaica
Architecture encompasses three main aspects these are Aesthetic, function and durability (How strong) or Architecture is both the process and product of planning, designing, and construction, usually of buildings and other physical structures (Definition taken from Wikipedia). Well, in terms of designing an architect would want his/her self-attached to a type of theory or type of architecture. In our modern stage of architecture there has being allot of great architects that has made great impact to architecture; some namely Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Sullivan and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. You may say why I have chosen these 3 persons, mainly because of how they have impacted the modernist approach of architecture.
In our time of architecture or the study of architecture we have adapted some of the legends way of designing in the past and used their approaches to develop new concepts or projects. Having, said all that. How has the Caribbean or Jamaican architecture learned from this? A comment made by one of our prominent persons in our society has state that our buildings in Jamaica is like a colossal disgrace. Well, he was speaking in reference to the building Aesthetics and function. I do agree with him, however we can be assured that we have done well in providing well-built structural buildings. My take on this as an Architect, is that I do stick with the 3 main ingredients that make up architecture. Aesthetic, function and durability; These 3 should be found in a house plan, drafting or design plan of a building. Case example, I have seen many buildings being erected in Jamaica and all of these buildings has in common is square box approach. The designers or draftsman or woman has no sense of approach of designing a beautiful building that represents the client’s life style.
I must agree that we have not set any standards in the architecture industry in Jamaica That the new designers or new architects can follow to improve the way we design and build. What I hate about our architects is that they have no sense of design or approach to designing. Why I say that.... Jamaica is Tropical Island and our main material for construction is steel and concrete. One factor when designing a building is the environment; Many Jamaican can attest that during the day and night their homes is very hot. This is cause by how your home was design by the Architect; is your home has allot of open space , windows door ways to allow air to pass through your home. Another, factor the orientation (direction of something) of the building; is your building being oriented to where there is a high flow air coming from the mountain side, the sea or where there is allot of trees.?
Leaving from heat to light; I also hate how buildings that is being design in our country Having lot of closed spaces and little openings for natural light to come in. I have seen and experience living in a house that has little windows, large spaces and during the day its dark inside. Not cool at all, JPS is now smiling at this situation. If you living a house or Unit why can't the natural light be illuminating your space? This is a question I need to ask designers or Architects in our region.....
To be continue.... If you have comments on this first part please leave your comments..